Awards & Achievements


  • James left school at the age of sixteen to pursue a growing career in business. “James worked in a small recruitment company in Holborn specialising in fashion, later moving to the financial recruitment sector.”
  • Founded recruitment company, Alexander Mann
  • Co-founded executive headhunting firm Humana International with Doug Bugie, eventually growing the business to over 147 offices in 30 countries. James and Doug also launched a trade magazine; Recruitment International
  • James set up business process outsourcing company AMS with Rosaleen Blair
  • Sold Humana International to CDI International, a New York listed company. Later in 1999, James sold a minority stake in the Alexander Mann Group to private equity firm Advent International
  • James was shortlisted for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Entrepreneur of the Year award


  • Awarded BT Enterprise of the Year award for outstanding success in business


  • Sold Alexander Mann – which at the time AM had a turnover of £130m and operations in Australia, Europe and Asia


  • Graduated from the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School
  • Named PricewaterhouseCoopers Entrepreneur of the Year & Won Entrepreneur of the Year at the Asian Jewel Awards


  • Established London-based private equity firm; Hamilton Bradshaw
  • Invested in managed office provider Avanta – sold three years later to private equity company Kenmore


  • Named one of the 100 most influential Asian people in the UK by Asian Power 100, a list compiled by the Institute of Asian Professionals


  • Set up the James Caan Foundation, which supports a number of charitable organisations in the UK and abroad.


  • Hamilton Bradshaw bought public and private sector recruitment specialist Eden Brown with revenues at over £180m. The company has already increased profits by 70% through a combination of investment and greater efficiency in the fist 6 months of ownership. Sold final economic interest in Alexander Mann Group to Graphite Private Equity in a management buy-out lead by Rosaleen Blair – one of the young entrepreneurs who he backed as a start-up in a £93m buyout
  • Joined the panel of Dragons’ Den judges for the fifth series of the show.


  • Released (Sept ’08) autobiography ‘The Real Deal’ with Virgin Books (ISBN 978-1905264-45-2) By November “The Real Deal” was in the top 3 Bestselling Business books in the UK (Amazon). In December Caan recorded the Audio version of his autobiography ‘The Real Deal’ for Silksoundbooks.


  • Ethnic Minority Business Taskforce: Caan appointed new co-chair, which supports over 280,000 businesses, contributing in excess of £20 billion a year to the UK economy.
  • Honorary Degree from Leeds Met University: Caan received his honorary doctorate in Business Administration from the University’s Innovation North Faculty on Friday 17th July, 2009.
  • iAwards – The first iAwards took place at The Science Museum 16th November 2009 to celebrate and recognise science, technology and innovation in UK business.
  • Chairmanship of The Big Issue: Caan was appointed chairman of The Big Issue Company


  • Caan was asked to be an advisor to the Office of the third sector, to advise Dame Stephanie the ambassador of giving and philanthropy
  • Caan appointed as advisor to Lord Davies on the UK Trade and Investment panel
  • Launched The Entrepreneurs Business Academy
  • Becomes Non-Executive Director of McCaan London
  • Awarded an honorary degree by York St John University


  • Launched James’ first App “Business Secrets”
  • 6 month partnership with Monster, using James’ recruitment expertise to advise candidates and recruiters
  • Selected to join The Entrepreneurs Forum, a Government panel that focuses on new UK business policies




  • Launched new book, “Get The Life You Really Want”
  • Launched new book, “Start Your Business in 7 Days”
  • Business Secrets App voted one of Apps Magazine’s “Top 100 Best Apps Ever”
  • Selected to become Chairman of new Government initiative, Start-Up Loans
  • Launched his new TV series, The Business Class, on CNBC
  • Selected to be one of 100 worldwide ‘Thought Leaders’ on Linkedin
  • Awarded an Honorary Degree by the University of Bradford in recognition of his charity work




  • Joined the likes of Barack Obama, Richard Branson and David Cameron in the LinkedIn Influencer Programme’s top 15, with over 500,000 followers and 5 million views
  • 10,000 businesses started with Start Up Loans
  • 2nd series of CNBC The Business Class with James Caan
  • Chairman of the Year at the International Business awards
  • Relaunched Business Secrets App with updates to Android addition
  • Start Your Business Magazine – Entrepreneur of the year 2013
  • Columnist for the Evening Standard, Huffington Post, Guardian and MSN


  • Surpassed more than 1 million followers on LinkedIn
  • Becomes the 7th most followed person in the world on LinkedIn
  • Relaunches ‘James Caan Business Secrets App’
  • More than 18,000 businesses started with Start Up Loans